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Pastiche is a literary or artistic work that imitates the style of another work, artist, or period. It is often used as a method of critique, homage, or artistic exploration.

History and Usage


The term ‘pastiche’ originated from French, originally referring to a pie made from a mixture of ingredients. In art and literature, it has come to describe works that combine various styles or imitate particular artists.


  • Imitation of multiple styles
  • Often used as a form of tribute or satire
  • Can be a technique in postmodern works

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a pastiche in art?
    In art, a pastiche is a work that mimics the style of other works or artists, often combining various styles.

  2. How is pastiche different from parody?
    While both pastiche and parody involve imitation, pastiche is generally more respectful and celebratory, whereas parody is often used for humorous or satirical effect.